Rabbits, voles and field mice nibble bark along the base of shrubs and young trees. Their handiwork is especially difficult to detect on brushy shrubs that give them cover while they chew. Protect the trunks of woody plants by encircling them with commercial tree guards or homemade versions crafted from corrugated drainage pipe (shown), hardware cloth or small mesh poultry wire.
The Oatlands gardens in Leesburg, Virginia are distinguished by unusual and old-growth trees including gingko, blue atlas cedar, black walnut, European larch, shagbark hickory, horse chesnut, littleleaf linden, Japanese zelkova and osage orange, among many others.
Sharing plants can save them from extinction, as in the case of the beautiful native Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha), which is now widely grown by gardeners only because its seeds were collected in the 1700s by early American plant explorers – before the plant vanished forever from its native habitat.
For a modern Christmas tree and stand, designer Ginger Curtis started with a Cypress tree planted in a wood basket. Then, she added a chunky, wool blanket, personalized sacks and black-wrapped parcels to finish off the magic of this modern Christmas decor.
Make the mantel interactive with craft projects that kids can get involved in. These tree sculptures are made by cutting newspaper into serrated strips and attaching them to cardboard craft forms with glue.
Treat secondary living spaces to their very own trees—it’s a great chance to branch out from your main decorating color scheme and style to try something new and different. In the bonus room the design team used cool blues and swaths of silver create a glam look on the tree and at the window, with a large white wreath.
Imagine growing a lemon tree by the biggest, brightest window in your Victorian home, and harvesting the fruits to make lemonade for your guests. Once again, Meyer lemons are the choice of many indoor gardeners. Pretty in pots, the trees like full sun, potting soil that drains easily, and regular feedings with a citrus tree fertilizer. Keep them pruned to control their size. Once the nighttime temperatures stay above 50 degrees F, you can take your tree outdoors for the summer. Enjoy the fragrant blooms, but keep some bottled lemonade on hand for a while. The sweeter-than-most-lemons can take up to a year to ripen.
Start with a full, lush Christmas tree and cut the flower stems to be about 5 inches long. Stick the flower stem right into the tree towards the trunk and the heftiness of the branches will hold the flowers up. Complete the look with gifts wrapped in red, pink and floral patterned papers. Sprinkle some rose petals at the foot of the tree to bring a touch of romance to your floral tree look.
Using real fresh flowers, create a true showstopper of a tree for a Christmas dinner party. You have two options when creating a floral tree: use silk flowers to have it last all season or use fresh flowers to design a dramatic Christmas tree for a special occasion. For this tree, I used non-traditional Christmas colors of pink, burgundy and mauve. Pink roses, pink lilies, white hydrangeas and red roses are inexpensive flowers that are readily available at your local grocery store or florist. Keep the color palette monochromatic and you can’t go wrong with a fresh flower tree.